Delone Catholic Hires New Principal

Delone Catholic Hires New Principal

Delone Catholic High School is pleased to announce that Mr. William J. Lippe has been hired as the new principal.

Mr. Lippe comes to Delone Catholic most recently from, Newport, R.I., an educational/technology start-up, of which he was a co-founder. He will begin his duties at Delone Catholic on July 1.

Mr. Lippe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Babson College, Wellesley, Mass.; a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Christendom Graduate School, Alexandria, VA; and a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. He has also previously served of Head of School at St. Joseph of Cluny Sisters’ School, Newport, RI; and headmaster of St. Michael the Archangel, Fredericksburg, VA.

“All of the candidates who applied were exceptionally well-qualified, and we felt fortunate to be choosing among such a high caliber of applicants for this position. We believe Mr. Lippe will be a wonderful addition to our Delone Catholic community and I speak for all the Board when I say we look forward to working with him,” Dr. Eric Hillson, Board President, said.

“We have very much appreciated Mrs. Donna Tompkins’ efforts this past school year, filling the role of both Vice Principal and Principal. It has not been an easy task, especially in light of the challenges presented by COVID,” Hillson added.

The hiring of Mr. Lippe comes at the end of a nearly year-long search, which began after Mr. Richard La Rocca announced his retirement in March 2020.

"We are very excited to welcome Mr. William Lippe as principal of Delone Catholic High School. William has extensive experience and demonstrated leadership in Catholic education throughout his career and we look forward to having him join our Diocesan Catholic Education system,” said Bishop Ronald W. Gainer. “On behalf of the Diocese, I also wish to thank Mrs. Donna Tompkins for serving as Interim Principal of Delone Catholic for this past year. Her leadership and efforts during 2020, which was a challenging year for all schools, is a testimony to her dedication to Catholic education.” 

"William brings mission-driven leadership and passion for Catholic education to his new role and he will be a great addition to Delone Catholic High School,” said Daniel J. Breen, Secretary for Education and Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese. “His experience, educational background and successful track record will be beneficial to Delone as the school strives for continued growth and success.”

"I am delighted and humbled to be selected to lead Delone Catholic High School,” said Mr. Lippe. “I look forward to joining with all stakeholders to advance the School's important mission of preparing students to lead lives of virtue and achievement.”